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Old 22.04.2010, 14:18
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Motorbike Parking

A question for the bikers out there (moto, not Pedalo ).

I have heard various versions of this, but does anyone know what exactly are the rules with respect to motorbikes parked on the sidewalk, especially in Zug.

I'm told that as long as the bike doesn't impede pedestrian traffic you can park on the sidewalk for as long as you like, which is more or less what i do already (when in Rome... ), to date I have not recieved a ticket, but I dont know if I have just been lucky, or if swiss rules are actually on my side for change .....
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Old 22.04.2010, 14:32
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Re: Motorbike Parking

My father-in-law, who was a cop in the city of Zürich until last year, told me that the law says you're only allowed to park in specific motorbike parking spots... However, he also said that due to the lack of motorbike parking spots it isn't realistic. He told me that if I park on a sidewalk leaving a wide enough space for a mother with a baby stroller to pass then police will look the other way.

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Old 22.04.2010, 14:33
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Re: Motorbike Parking

I could imagine this depends on your plates as well. CH plates, probably no problem. Foreign plates and they might be a bit more interested. But of course I have no proof
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Old 22.04.2010, 15:08
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I could imagine this depends on your plates as well. CH plates, probably no problem. Foreign plates and they might be a bit more interested. But of course I have no proof


When I asked the Basel police this question, they gave me the same answer as your first response. Technically it is illegal to park outside of the marked spaces, but they won't ticket if you've parked on the sidewalk leaving at least 1.5 meters free.

That said, I've seen bikes with tickets on them for parking on the sidewalk, but only when parked perpendicular to the sidewalk (i.e. next to the trees, off the sidewalk.)
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Old 22.04.2010, 15:29
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When I asked the Basel police this question, they gave me the same answer as your first response. Technically it is illegal to park outside of the marked spaces, but they won't ticket if you've parked on the sidewalk leaving at least 1.5 meters free.
I had precisely the same answer from a ZH policeman but with the additional info that if the building owner (up against which you may be parked) complained then a ticket would be issued.

I have parked on many a path (what is this sidewalk thing) in ZH and never had a ticket, which is nice.
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Old 12.09.2010, 15:37
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Re: Motorbike Parking

Dear all, I guess this question had to be asked one day... I just got my Vespa scooter in July and have been parking it at my apartment sidewalk for the last 2 months. Well, my apartment house (#155) is next to apartment house #153, and both blocks are built perpendicular to the sidewalk. #153 is the building closest to the sidewalk, and so technically I am parking next to #153 (I can't bring the scooter closer to mine as there are a small flight of stairs in the way).

The owner of a few apartments on #153 is a difficult old lady, who was thankfully away all of summer. Now she's back, and she left me a note this morning saying that "This is not a proper motorcycle parking spot and the police can take it away" (or something of that effect, in German, I didn't understand it completely. ie. move it or she'll complain to the authorities?

My Swiss colleague told me before that the sidewalk is officially city property, and I should be able to park there without problems. A few other apartments in the area also have Vespas parked on the sidewalk. The company who owns a few of the apartments in my block (#155) has offered me an open parking spot next to their guest parking bay for 20CHF a month. That's really just as good as parking out on the sidewalk! I didn't bother with that offer... Half the time, that spot has a car in it anyway.

So what should I do? Is the lady right in denying me my parking spot? She has always been friendly with me, but never fails to ring my bell to ask if it was I who left a mess at the washing machine (she rang my doorbell at 7:20am on a Saturday morning!) why me! too easy to pick on?
There is only a month left of riding to be done (being new, I will avoid rain and snow), the rest of winter I will park up at the Uni parkplatz where there is plenty of motorcycle parking spots.
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, but never fails to ring my bell to ask if it was I who left a mess at the washing machine (she rang my doorbell at 7:20am on a Saturday morning!) why me! too easy to pick on?

yes, tell her to get lost and ring her bell at 0700 and ask her the same question!
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Old 12.09.2010, 23:26
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Re: Motorbike Parking

I bet she's awake at 6am every day! I don't know what the rules are when it comes to parking next to apartments, but seriously where else can I park? It's not like I'm obstructing people's way, she's just being a pain-in-the-@ss. But I don't want her complaining to the authorities and me coming home one day to a nasty fine.
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My Swiss colleague told me before that the sidewalk is officially city property, and I should be able to park there without problems. A few other apartments in the area also have Vespas parked on the sidewalk. The company who owns a few of the apartments in my block (#155) has offered me an open parking spot next to their guest parking bay for 20CHF a month. That's really just as good as parking out on the sidewalk! I didn't bother with that offer... Half the time, that spot has a car in it anyway.
If you have a bike and you are parking it willy-nilly because you don't have (i.e. can't get) a parking spot, that is one thing. But if the management company offered you a spot and you turned it down and are still parking willy-nilly, then in my book you deserve to have your bike towed/picked up. The discussion above made it clear that the police tolerate parking outside the designated spots because there aren't enough of them, but what you are doing is abusing that latitude without justification.
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A question for the bikers out there (moto, not Pedalo ).

I have heard various versions of this, but does anyone know what exactly are the rules with respect to motorbikes parked on the sidewalk, especially in Zug.

I'm told that as long as the bike doesn't impede pedestrian traffic you can park on the sidewalk for as long as you like, which is more or less what i do already (when in Rome... ), to date I have not recieved a ticket, but I dont know if I have just been lucky, or if swiss rules are actually on my side for change .....
Park it in the bike parking at the back of Coop under the train bridge. That's what my colleagues do. If the spaces aren't free, up near any wall in that area seems to be allowed. The parking rules are a tad crazy. You can park the wrong way, up on the footpath partially blocking the road for a few minutes, but blocking the footpath is a compete no-no.
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Old 13.09.2010, 11:05
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Re: Motorbike Parking

But is it really willy-nilly when there are 6 other vespas on my street all parked on the sidewalk? The open air parking spot that management offered me is often taken up by cars, probably belonging to a gf/bf of a resident. Next year I'll pay them for spring/summer parking, I guess for now I'm just going to leave my scooter at uni covered parking. The management is responsible for the covered garages (only fits one car each, not an open underground parking, so they can't offer me one). I was just wondering whether the lady really had the right to ask me to move it, when it's not in an area belonging to her!



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If you have a bike and you are parking it willy-nilly because you don't have (i.e. can't get) a parking spot, that is one thing. But if the management company offered you a spot and you turned it down and are still parking willy-nilly, then in my book you deserve to have your bike towed/picked up. The discussion above made it clear that the police tolerate parking outside the designated spots because there aren't enough of them, but what you are doing is abusing that latitude without justification.
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Motorbike Parking

I need some help!

The other day I parked my vespa on the sidewalk as I have done for the last 4 months along with other vespa's and motorbikes. I got back to the vespa after 45 mins to find a nice CHF 220 fine! I noticed a 'Fahrzeuge abstellen verboten' sign a few metres away but I assumed this was meant for cars only. Can some-one please advise if I can query this fine? As bikes are parked there every single day, I didn't think it applied to 2 wheeled vehicles.

Any help would be much appreciated!

:-( Marie
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Old 13.11.2010, 14:36
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I need some help!

The other day I parked my vespa on the sidewalk as I have done for the last 4 months along with other vespa's and motorbikes. I got back to the vespa after 45 mins to find a nice CHF 220 fine! I noticed a 'Fahrzeuge abstellen verboten' sign a few metres away but I assumed this was meant for cars only. Can some-one please advise if I can query this fine? As bikes are parked there every single day, I didn't think it applied to 2 wheeled vehicles.

Any help would be much appreciated!

:-( Marie
You know what they say about assumption...

The sign translates to something like "The parking of vehicles is forbidden." Given that, you'd best pay the fine, as wasting the cops' time will only cost you more in the end.
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yes, tell her to get lost and ring her bell at 0700 and ask her the same question!
She won't mind 'cuz she gets up at 6.
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Re: Motorbike Parking

Thanks Corbetts - will certainly look for those signs in future!
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Re: Motorbike Parking

Hi everyone,
Can someone tell me if I'd be okay parking my motorbike at Zurich airport over the weekend - in terms of it being legal?
And is there a particular place to park bikes at the airport, or just somewhere tucked away as per the usual (at least as far as it seems to me)?
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Re: Motorbike Parking

no problem at all,

there is a special bike parking area there, its sign posted as you drive into the arrivals/departures area.
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Re: Motorbike Parking

Round at Sihlcity (Zurich), the bikes are strewn everywhere, in loosely configured and informally recognised areas. Yet to see anyone get a ticket - not even me.
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Hi everyone,
Can someone tell me if I'd be okay parking my motorbike at Zurich airport over the weekend - in terms of it being legal?
And is there a particular place to park bikes at the airport, or just somewhere tucked away as per the usual (at least as far as it seems to me)?
Thanks,
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no problem at all,

there is a special bike parking area there, its sign posted as you drive into the arrivals/departures area.

i have also sent you a PM with a link to an alternative parking area.
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no problem at all,

there is a special bike parking area there, its sign posted as you drive into the arrivals/departures area.
Arrival / Lower floor is the correct place.
You can see it here on Google Maps. or Map View.
If you miss those you can find some more further on.

There is also a Left Luggage (long term) and Lockers (Up to 72 hours) to store your gear. Prices.
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